Woman & Home: Eating Smart App Gluten Free Review

Being a complete techno-geek millennial – I love a good app. If it’s also a food app then I’m quite simply drawn like a coeliac to a gluten free doughnut.

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Woman and Home approached me telling me about their new Eating Smart app– which features gluten free, dairy free, and vegan recipes all conveniently at the touch of your finger tips when in the kitchen. I was a bit put off initially by the ‘Eating Smart’ title – as of course some of these lifestyles are due to either having a serious allergy or a disease ( i.e. eating gluten free isn’t necessarily better for you). However the nutritional details are clear and detailed for all to see and they’ve stated that the app is aimed at anyone who is ‘following a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet, or know someone who is … whether you are a suffering from coeliac disease, intolerant to gluten or dairy, or following a free-from lifestyle.’

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The app is simply to use and has a fresh, colourful design. I am a sucker for design and ease of use, which comes from my day job, so it was essential that it passes my three point test!

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Content
Clear recipes with no faff around them- the gluten free recipes clearly state alternatives where necessary which is good if you can’t find all the right ingredients when wandering about the supermarket. There is a good practical advice section detailing standard practices for the recipes across the board, for e.g: ‘For better results cooking cakes use a non fan setting.’
You get two free recipes, one sweet and one savoury, with the app and the rest are paid add-ons. Which is very good to give it a test run.
8/10

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Ease of use
Very clear to read and quick- you don’t have to wait for anything to load- no one has time for that in the kitchen! This app is really great when cooking alongside it in the kitchen, with the ingredients and method easy to navigate between. I did find the app close sometimes mid use but this is something I’m sure that can be rectified quickly on its next update- not so good if you’re in the middle of a cook though!

7/10

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Will I use it again?
If I’m last minute shopping in the supermarket and I’m not sure what to make i’ll be able to revert to the app from time to time for inspiration and meal planning- this is great as often i can get into a loop of cooking the same thing week to week. It’s also got push notifications- some love, some hate- it’s up to you. But being reminded sometimes on a Friday night that you could make a healthy alternative to a Chinese takeaway when you’ve just sent in for your regular order – is a bit annoying. You can eat healthy and treat yourself occasionally – it’s not a crime;) I decided to turn them off for now! Overall this app is a very good companion for some gluten free meal planning inspiration.

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Overall: 8/10

To download the free app for your iPhone, iPod or iPad head on over to the App Store. Let me know what you think!

This was a sponsored post but it did in no way impact my opinion of this product.

Gluten Free Naturally Free Shop Review

A few weeks back, Naturally Free kindly approached me and asked if i’d like to try out their new online gluten free shop. As i do normally like seeing the items physically in a supermarket i thought i would give it a try as i’d seen a few items i find really hard to get in my normal shop and there were a few that i’d never actually heard of before!

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Naturally Free state that they ‘are committed to supplying your free-from needs. We understand how important it is for our customers to receive the utmost care and dedication when it comes to shopping for their personal lifestyle choices and allergies.’ Providing for multiple allergies and food lifestyles, with an easy search is key.

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The website is very easy to use – after you’ve set up your account, you can look through by allergy or/and by brand or category. I thought i would get a mixture of pantry staples and treats to see if they could cater to my regular every day shop.

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I was thankful to find the wonderful Bionita gluten free gnocchi, some organic Suma chopped tomatoes and the Doves Farm gluten free baking powder will come in handy for keen bakers!

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Of course i had to get a few treats, these sauces in particular have been so great for last minute meals and have mostly cured any last minute thoughts to order a takeaway. Supporting these independent businesses is also another reason why i feel ordering via a website like this is great- some of these companies can’t get into major supermarkets.

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Naturally free are a new business to the gluten free online shop scene and with some of these kinds of shops it’s hard to fit in where they could become part of your routine, without fresh meat and veg on offer as well to do a complete shop however, i was very impressed with the tracking of the order and speed of delivery and customer service (one of my items was wrong but was quickly changed on request) that i feel if a company like this can deliver a quick turn around it’s worth it for those extra free from bits you may not find at your local.

Fancy shopping yourself on Naturally Free? Why not enter my competition on Facebook for a chance to win a £40 shopping spree- ends 30th June! 

What do you think of these kinds of Free From Online Shops? Would you use them every week – month? Let me know on Twitter @wbites #NaturallyFree or in the comments below!

Gluten Free Roasted Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Summer arrived… briefly!

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I feel like every time i write a blog post i start off with complaining or mentioning the weather, but honestly it’s because i feel like i’m talking to my friends – and i am right?

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Husband and i was out in the garden and we were discussing how we never really eat salads for dinner and after having many wholesome, filling salads on holiday and in restaurants, i thought i’d focus on trying to create a salad recipe into our midweek meals- that would be as tasty as any other meal. But hey, i’m not saying this is going to be a crazy healthy one… no-one said to cut out cheese right?

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Sainsbury’s kindly sent me some of their Cider Vinegar and Rapeseed oil, i’m a huge fan of Rapeseed oil in general, it’s got a lovely golden colour – cooks to a good amount of heat and has a great flavour that works with almost anything.

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I much prefer a warm salad and as a dinner course i felt it may go down well with the entire family if there was several tasty elements with chewy and salty Halloumi, sweet roasted tomatoes and crunchy toasted almonds. Cover all the bases and you can’t go wrong as long as it all blends together to taste good.

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Gluten Free Roasted Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Serves 4

80g Fresh Basil

Lemon Zest of Half a Lemon

200-250ml Rapeseed oil

2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

30g Pistachios (Optional)

Salt + Pepper

500g Halloumi cheese, sliced

300g Cherry Tomatoes, halved

Rocket / Watercress (Enough for all)

Sliced Almonds

Turn the oven on to 200 degrees Celsius (Fan).

Make your basil vinaigrette, pop the Basil, zest, 200ml Rapeseed oil, Cider Vinegar, Pistachios into a food processor and whiz until well combined- i like to leave the nuts a bit chunky for more texture but it’s really up to you! Add Salt and Pepper for taste and a bit more oil if you need it.

Lay your sliced Halloumi on one baking tray and space out evenly. Drizzle over a tiny bit of oil and add a bit of pepper.

Lay your cherry tomatoes -inside up on a separate baking tray and scatter over a tiny bit of salt.

Put your Halloumi and Cherry tomatoes in the oven for 10- 15 mins until roasted and golden.

In the meantime, put the sliced almonds into a dry frying pan and toast on a high heat until golden – keep an eye on this to avoid burning.

Lay out your salad in a bowl and dress with oil if you fancy or toss it completely in half of the vinaigrette. We prefer to dollop some on top and put the rest aside, so people can help themselves to less or more.

Take out the Halloumi and tomatoes and add these to the top of your salad.

Scatter over the almonds and dollop over the vinaigrette to your taste.

Serve up!

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What’s your favourite salad- do you have salads for dinner? Share your recipes and favourite ideas below or tweet me @wbites!

Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla Bean Galette Recipe

I sit here writing a summer recipe and it’s pouring with rain outside. Typical British Summertime.

It’s important for us Brits to understand that our summer is simply always late, and when it does burst through- it will still tend to chop and change between the rain and the wind and -occasional hail we’ve been having sometimes recently. Still i’m thankful that a few of my strawberry plants have fruited in the garden, we did manage a few weeks of sunshine so they kicked into gear- which is nice.

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With the weather in mind, who has the time to slave in the kitchen – making the nice summer dessert for the family when you would just rather be outside enjoying the sunshine? This recipe is for you. We must take advantage of every opportunity of sunshine in the U.K, and even if there are still a few clouds out- we will inevitably still make that BBQ happen.

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This recipe for a Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla galette came initially from sifting through the pantry for ingredients- as well as having the strawberries on hand.

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The vanilla pod was a lucky surprise… lurking back in the cupboard, i’d forgotten about this gem of an ingredient. After deseeding – it makes the most wonderful aromatic for keeping in your sugar jar.

You can always make your own Gluten Free pastry- see my ‘how-to’ here  – but if the suns out, grab out that frozen gluten free pastry and go and enjoy the sun while it defrosts!

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Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla Bean Galette

Serves 4-6

350g Strawberries

1 Small Cox Apple

1 Tablespoon of Cornflour

1 Vanilla Pod, deseeded.

70g Granulated or Caster Sugar

1 Egg Yolk

Gluten Free flour/rice flour for rolling pastry.

1, 2 x 200g pack of Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry – (I used the DS one)

 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Prepare the filling by chopping each strawberry into thirds and finely slicing the apple- you can keep the skin on if you prefer. Place the fruit into a medium sized bowl.

Add the cornstarch, vanilla seeds and half the sugar to the bowl. Give it all a good mix and set aside.

Sprinkle down some gluten free flour onto a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out your first 200g of pastry into one square – i would go for a measurement that will fit your baking tray – just under the thickness of a £1 coin. Roll out the second 200g of pastry on a separate piece of parchment paper with some gluten free flour sprinkled on it. Once you’ve rolled this one, carefully lift it up and flip it over to lay directly on top of the other rolled out square. You should have two layers of pastry, this will help stop any leakage from the fruits in the oven.

Score out a circle (i pressed the bottom of a serving plate) into the pastry and begin the lay flat the slices of apple followed by the strawberry within this circle.

The next bit is not flawless- rustic is the key! fold over all the sides gently around and over the filling, leaving the centre mostly exposed. If any bits break off- do not worry- patch this later with some egg or milk wash.

Once you’ve gone round all your sides with the pastry, get a small pastry brush and coat it with some egg yolk.

Sprinkle the entire galette with the remaining sugar.

Pop the galette into the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. At around the 20 minute mark you should check on it and add some more egg wash for the remaining 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven to cool completely.

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Serve heated or cold with a dollop of creme fraiche or naughty vanilla ice cream. Clotted cream works a treat too!

The Best Gluten Free Doughnuts – Borough 22 Spotlight + Review

It had been almost 8 years.

The gluten intolerance hit and there was no stopping it and I felt (and still feel somewhat) my world briefly shatter every time I walk past a Krispy Kreme or doughnut stand knowing it’s a gluten haven.

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Today I re-lived doughnuts in an amazing gluten free – vegan – soya free – egg free format provided by London based company Borough 22. Being free from a lot of things doesn’t have to mean it can’t taste just as deliciously naughty.

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Unlike Krispy Kremes and the mass produced doughnuts, these feel truly homemade, delectable – made with love – and all that type of jazz. Still the toppings are just as exciting, eye catching as the mass produced kind that you kinda feel bad for those big companies who have clearly lost out on connecting with such a passionate free from audience. The same situation as when Mcdonalds couldn’t facilitate a gluten free burger to be in their campaign (yet still manage to do provide gluten free buns in other EU countries). Just another reason why supporting small, loveable – heartfelt businesses like Borough 22 is much more worth your time and money.

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I meet Ryan Panchoo. The creator, the baker and he’s in the Bristol Temple Meads car park, rather tired 2/3rds through the current ‘Gluten Free Doughnut Rally’ awaiting his next list of locations to deliver to. He saw the demand across the UK and went for it- and I don’t feel it’s all about that dollar for Ryan; I was impressed by the kindness in communication, willingness to rearrange/ figure out how to make my gluten free doughnut dreams come true in the lead up.

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In this case i was only able to sample the vanilla glazed flavour, as this was part of a rally they were unable to facilitate a variety of flavours per order but this gave me enough insight to know (alongside the wealth of response from their Twitter following) that the others would be just as, if not more, delicious.

Maybe I’m gushing a bit but I guess that’s what you do when you meet the doughnuts of your gluten free dreams.

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For more information including other flavours on Borough 22 hop on over to their website. If you’re in London – place an order! If you’re not – wait for the next rally or join my inevitable petition to get them opening up shop here too ;)

Thanks Ryan and team, i am eternally grateful…

Have you had a gluten free doughnut? Let me know in the comments below or come and chat over on twitter @wbites.

New Found Joy – Gluten Free Review

With a lot of gluten free sugary snacks on the market- and in particular the brownie- i was very thankful to be sent a selection from New Found Joy to review but not crazy excited to try in comparison to new inventive gluten free like wraps and such. I couldn’t have been more wrong really. These truly are some of the best gluten free naughty treats I’ve tasted.

New Found Joy are a new gluten free company on the market, based in Ireland, who aim to produce delicious gluten free baked goods that taste just as good as their gluten counterpart in an 100% segregated gluten free bakery environment. Lovely. Let jump straight to the taste test…!

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My favourite treat pre gluten free has always been a caramel slice, and apart from being a bit crumbly on the base- the chocolate and caramel was spot on. Perfect with a strong coffee I reckon.

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Diana delight- I’ve never heard of this type of traybake before but I gave it a whirl. White chocolate with marshmallows and coconut. A bit too sweet for me but if I found this in a cafe as a gluten free option out and about I certainly wouldn’t be complaining!

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Chocolate brownie- after many a chocolate brownie in my gluten free life it’s definitely a difficult one to judge. I think people have different opinions about what makes a good chocolate brownie, and I love small bits of chocolate scattered on top. I tried this warmed up with a dollop of clotted cream ice cream and it was a match made in heaven, tasted like chocolate truffle! Restaurants really have no excuse to not at least serve this as a dessert option over the typical go-to fruit salad;) – also when will airlines realise that good gluten free cakes exist?!

Last but not least is the Rocky Road. Oh mama. It may not be as chunky as you would like for a slab of rocky road but the mix of sultanas, marshmallow and biscuity crunch is just right.

It’s very difficult to tell the difference of these gluten free products in comparison to the gluten versions, aside a bit of a crumble in the biscuit side of things. I have no doubt they will succeed and I hope they continue to bring out more varieties as their business grows.

If you’d like to find out more about New Found Joy and any stockist information, head on over to their Facebook page!

Have you tried these tasty treats? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @wbites.

Sponge: Gluten Free Review.

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It’s Coeliac Awareness Week from the 11th- 17th May and with so many food businesses year upon year jumping on the opportunity with the aims to support Coeliac disease, I feel i can’t just dwell on the need to raise awareness but also celebrate how far we’ve come over the past 3 years! Gluten free convenience products are constantly getting better and chain restaurants are almost completely there; offering fantastic gluten free menus and labelling that makes anyone with coeliac disease live a much more comfortable life when eating out.

Understanding symptoms and diagnosis is still an ongoing issue and this is where we must now stress our thoughts and feelings throughout Coeliac Awareness Week- and I hope some of the big boy brands , that have jumped on the gluten free food bandwagon, will indeed help highlight the need for a stronger campaign of what the symptoms are and how to get checked. If you’d like to help spread awareness and make a real difference please, please, please go to the Coeliac UK website and follow details on how to do this and get involved.

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There is certainly a need to celebrate this year, as I’ve said before, I feel the quality of gluten free convenience products has definitely increased and what better way to celebrate that with loads of gluten free sponge cake?!
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I was sent through these wonderful gluten free cakes to try from Sponge. I have to say, I was worried about them getting here in one piece (you know how gluten free cake is sometimes!) however the excellent packaging ensured pristine delivery. I needn’t have worried really, this cake wasn’t the crumbly rubbish you get in supermarkets, freshly made pieces of sugary naughtiness these were. Hands down, the best gluten free cake my whole family has tried.

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We sat round discussing our favourites and after my dad refused to try the Elizabeth (Two light, fruit Sponge with apricot, lemon oil and ground almonds topped sandwiched with an apricot jam filling and topped with demerera sugar) – adamant that Apple crumble was the only one his heart desired, we made him try a piece. He then announced that no, in fact the Elizabeth cake was the masterpiece.

Why can’t all days be like this?

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With so much lovely cake it was hard to pick a favourite, I’m a fan of all, but if you’re a Victoria sponge aficionado- you won’t be disappointed. Got a big birthday coming up ? Your nan won’t notice the difference. Honest.

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This has truly been my favourite gluten free discovery of the year and I can see how Sponge can fill a very nice convenience gap for mums planning impromptu birthday parties and worried about allergies, office catering and boyfriends who are completely stuck as to what to get for their new girlfriend who’s a coeliac.

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They may not have the final finesse of an independent bakery like My go-to Ahh Toots here in Bristol, but they certainly have a great selection of cake flavours along with faultless delivery. I’ll stop gushing now!

*Get these gluten free cakes for free/ with a discount!*

Throughout Coeliac Awareness Week – 11th- 17th May, Sponge will be offering some exclusive offers on their gluten free cakes. If you fancy a chance of winning some cake for free- check out my Twitter feed on Friday the 15th May – UK entrants only!

Here’s all the details of their Coeliac Awareness Week offers:

GFCAKECARD till Sunday 17th May – 2nd slice free
GFSHARING till Sunday 17th – 20% off
GFBABY8 till Sunday 17th – £8 off a Gift Box of 8 (£9.99 instead of £17.99)

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This product was given to me to review complimentary but it did in no way influence my opinion in this blog post. All written word and support is my genuine opinion.

Gluten Free British Bakels Multiseed Bread Mix Review

Bread. The enemy.

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Well, to be honest – it’s actually not too bad anymore really, my results of making gluten free bread towards the end of last year and into 2015 have significantly improved; I think the River Cottage course I attended was invaluable. If you miss baking bread, or having that fresh loaf in the house- definitely get on a course.

I’ve always had struggles with bread mixes, doughy centres, weird tastes and some simply not rising during proving time and in the oven.

British Bakels are new to the gluten free bread mix scene. They kindly sent me a pack of their new Multiseed Brown Mix to try, so i took a deep breath and remained positive as i read the packet.
Unlike other bread mixes this one required you to add yeast yourself- which I think is a positive thing. Making sure yeast is completely fresh and in date is key to getting a rise here, and I have a feeling some of the mixed in yeasts may lose their ‘umph’ after some time on the supermarket shelf.

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I popped the bread mix contents into my mixer with the yeast, a bit of vegetable oil and some water and timed the mixing on my phone. The latter is something which I never really do because I think I know how long a minute is in my brain, turns out I should be mixing these bread mixes for much longer. The moral of the story here is that instructions should be followed precisely guys!

I turned out the swidgy dough onto a gluten free floured surface, rolled it into a sausage shape and placed it in a bread tin- leaving to prove by the fire for about 2 -2.5 hours. There wasn’t a crazy rise but enough to notice a difference.

In the oven it went and I waited with crossed fingers, toes and eyes for around 25-30 minutes.

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What a success! This is certainly the best rise I’ve got from a bread mix in a long time, I even turned to the empty bread mix packet and thanked it. But did it taste good? I waited for it to cool completely before cutting a slice.

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Slightly sweet, with a few Pumpkin, Sunflower and Linseeds here-and-there scattered about. This bread makes a perfect strong cheddar cheese accompaniment, my family of gluten eaters were certainly impressed.

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A new, reliable gluten free bread mix to add to the pantry cupboard – and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve found one that I would use. If you love the process of bread making, this really is ideal.

For more information about the gluten free bread mix, suppliers and their other gluten free products hop over to the British Bakels website or connect with them on Facebook.

This was a sponsored post but did not effect my opinion in the review in anyway. 

Gluten Free Copenhagen

Anyone who knows me will know that i’m never one to not plan things and on New Years Eve last year, my husband and i started to jot down some places we’d like to visit for 2015. We’re not sure why – but Copenhagen had become a destination of conversation at the end of 2014, i feel it was propelled from designing our house as well as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s programme ‘Scandimania’ – which i highly recommend watching if you ever get the chance.  We booked on New Years Eve. ‘I’ll worry about the gluten free dining side of things next year’ – i thought to myself.

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So the next day i began researching gluten free options in Copenhagen. On my initial Google, i got in a bit of a panic as there really wasn’t a huge list. That’s when i went into spreadsheet mode- any other gluten free peeps do this too? In the end, i needn’t have worried, Copenhagen is a friendly, thoughtful and welcoming city and they know a thing or too about a gluten free pastry! Here are my recommendations:

Where to stay in Copenhagen: Gluten Free

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I may be biased, as we stayed here, but after having such a relaxing and comfortable time eating gluten free at Axel Guldsmeden i cannot highly recommend this place enough. The only downside is that it is a bit on the pricy side for breakfast (around £15pp).

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It was phenomenal though. Organic, fresh fruit, gluten free bread, delicious hot food, cold meats and cheeses, homemade organic yoghurts and granolas.gluten free, bread, axel guldsmeden

There was so much choice that we indulged and couldn’t manage lunch really most days- the price for the breakfast is then completely justified.

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Andersen Bakery – Want a gluten free cake and a coffee for breakfast? Go here! We went just before we visited Tivoli Gardens, it worked out perfectly.

Where to eat a Gluten Free Lunch in Copenhagen?

We didn’t eat lunch out much in Copenhagen- mainly due to the big breakfast at the Hotel, but here are a few places we went to that i would recommend stopping by if your plans correlate well.

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Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – A lovely Japanese chain in Copenhagen with good understanding of catering to Coeliacs, just ask for a guide through the menu and the essential Tamari sauce for dipping!

DØP – Inexpensive, handy, on-the-go hot dog stand. Check out their wonderful traditional menu, all their sausages are gluten free, just ask to drop the bread and have the mashed roots option: ‘Our mash is made of parsnips, potatoes and kohlrabi and traditionally served with mustard, ketchup and beetroots.’

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Naturbageriet – Gluten Free/ Vegan bakery very near to Torvehallerne Food Market – i popped here to get banana cake and a gluten free pizza foccacia for lunch. All gluten free options labelled easily in red.

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Personally i wouldn’t change the big breakfast and snacks/coffee and cake for lunch regime, it made things a lot easier for exploring the city spontaneously- nothing worse that rushing from a tourist heaved attraction to a lunch reservation on the other side of town.

Where to eat a Gluten Free Dinner in Copenhagen?

Have i said how great the food was in Copenhagen yet? Dinner was really where it shined, truly amazing. Definitely book for the following places, they are extremely popular (even for early blocks at 6pm) and you can also note and email the staff prior to your visit to let them know you’ll be needing a gluten free option.

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Tight – Our favourite gluten free place to eat in Copenhagen, so good that we considered cancelling one of our other reservations to dine here again. Gluten free clearly stated on the menu, sublime service (friendly and completely welcoming to allergies) and delicious. Go here.

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Madklubben – Great bistro style menu, great ‘special occasion’ atmosphere without the cost, lots of offerings and helpful with gluten free.

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Barburrito – Want a fun night out, this was perfect. Great cocktails, and everything was gluten free aside the burrito tortilla. My husband is a huge burrito fan and he said the tacos were the star of the show- especially the coriander shrimp special. There are two options – takeaway or the sit in restaurant – if you’re a fan of 80’s/ funk/ pop classics definitely sit in and enjoy the night!

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Spuntino – We ended up cancelling our reservation here as we simply couldn’t afford it in the end, but it gets a special mention for their service prior to our visit. Emails back and forth on gluten free, also the 5 course menu always sounds divine.

So there you have it. I miss it already!

I’d love to collate a list here for people searching for gluten free places to eat in Copenhagen, so if you’ve visited recently please comment below with your recommendation and i’ll add it to the list!

Gluten Free Black Garlic & Sesame Chilli Beef

I’m always looking for new ingredients to use in my recipes, to literally ‘spice up’ our weekly meals in the Wuthering Bites household, so when Sainsburys kindly sent me some Black Garlic to try, i was curious and ready to experiment as always.

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Before you get scared, Black Garlic is just in fact- regular garlic, that’s been cooked at a very low temperature for around three to four weeks. Its result is a tremendously sweet, umami flavour, rich but with a wonderfully subtle garlicy aftertaste.

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It’s great for adding to meaty dishes of which you’d prefer the slow cooked taste of garlic rather than the very strong raw taste. Personally i find it wonderful for raw marinades and dressings- especially if you’re looking for the same garlic health benefits too!

Black Garlic Chilli and Sesame Marinade

Marinade Lover

One of the easiest, foolproof ways to introduce Black Garlic to your cooking is in Asian dishes, so i experimented with a marinade for a stir fry. Marinades really are a godsend and i never really get back in to the swing of making them throughout the winter as they are mostly associated with Barbecuing; as spring and summer approaches it’s almost second nature, but as i make this marinade on a chilly morning- i wonder why not?

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Make a batch of the marinade and keep it in the fridge- ready to pour over some meat before work, and after a long day, you certainly reap in all the taste rewards.

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Gluten Free Black Garlic & Sesame Chilli Beef

 Serves 3

1 Large/2 small cloves of Black Garlic roughly chopped

1 tsp of Brown Sugar

1 small Fresh Red chilli

2 tsp of Chilli Flakes

2 tbsp of Olive Oil

3 tbsp of Tamari (more if you fancy)

1 tsp of Dark Sesame Oil

Salt and Pepper

350 grams Organic Beef Steak, diced.

A bunch of Tenderstem Broccoli

A few spring onions, chopped.

Sesame seeds.

Rice Noodles (to serve)

Start by making your marinade, put the black garlic, brown sugar, chilli flakes, olive oil, tamari and dark sesame oil into a small bowl and use a pestle or fork to stir and combine in the black garlic well.

Season the marinade with Salt, Pepper and a touch more chilli, sugar, tamari- dependent on your tastebuds!

In a medium sized bowl, put the diced beef in, season well with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the beef, stir it around well with a spoon. Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to marinade.

Heat a frying pan to a high heat and fry up any vegetables you may like to in a little oil. ( Here i’ve used broccoli and spring onions, but it’s up to you!)

Once the vegetables begin to steam well, add in the marinaded beef and cook until medium.

Add in a scattering of sesame seeds and give it a good stir.

Serve with rice or rice noodles and a drizzle more Tamari for taste.

The Black Garlic in this recipe was provided to me by Sainsburys. For more information about Black Garlic check out their website.

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